“Because I wanted to”

Amelia Earhart

In 1932 Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Atlantic. When asked why she replied, “Because I wanted to.”

In 1949 a book called “How to Avoid Work” was published. It is a short guide to finding your purpose and doing what you love.

It tells us:

Click to read review“Your life is too short and too valuable to fritter away in work.

“If you don’t get out now, you may end up like the frog that is placed in a pot of fresh water on the stove. As the temperature is gradually increased, the frog feels restless and uncomfortable, but not uncomfortable enough to jump out. Without being aware that a change is taking place, he is gradually lulled into unconsciousness.

“There is only one way in this world to achieve true happiness, and that is to express yourself with all your skill and enthusiasm in a career that appeals to you more than any other. In such a career, you feel a sense of purpose, a sense of achievement. You feel you are making a contribution. It is not work.”

Amelia Earhart flew the Atlantic solo because she wanted wanted to.

I am writing this book because I want to.

What do you do in your life, simply because you want to?


Inner leadership contains several tools to help us find the work we want to do.

Chapter 5 shows you explicitly how to identify your purpose. Once you know it, any work in line with that purpose is the right work for you to do.

Chapter 3 shows you how to identify the opportunities in any situation. There are at least ten of them.

Chapter 4 shows you how to choose which is best for you now, partly by looking at the upsides and downsides, and partly by considering how each will contribute to the overall project of your life.

Chapters 6 and 7 of inner leadership and the whole of outer leadership are then about providing tools and frameworks for enabling implementation.


Photo By National Library of Ireland on The Commons via flickr.com

Photo of How to Avoid Work via goodreads.com

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